On January 17, 2014, my husband went for a screening colonoscopy that his health care provider had recommended due to his age; he did not have any symptoms. During his follow up appointment on January 23, 2014, he was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer. On February 18, 2014, he had surgery to remove part of his colon. Luckily, he has not required any additional treatment.
My husband is cancer-free because his doctor recommended a routine screening. Please consider screenings to protect yourself.
When should you schedule a screening colonoscopy?
- Age 50 years or older.
- No history of adenoma or colon cancer.
- No history of inflammatory bowel disease.
Who should be screened and when?
- All men and women should be screened.
- People with family history of colon cancer or inflammatory bowel disease are considered “high risk” and should be screened before age 50.
- African Americans should begin screening at age 45.
- Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed type of cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.
- Each year 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer.
- Colon cancer claims 50,000 lives every year.
- Colon cancer affects men and women equally.
- If detected and treated early, colon cancer is up to 90% curable.
- There are currently 1 million colon cancer survivors in the U.S.
Types of screening tests
- Virtual colonoscopy.
- Fecal occult blood test.
- Fecal immunochemical test.
Why aren’t people getting screened?
- Lack of knowledge of the screening benefits or the risks for colon cancer.
- Fear, embarrassment, and/or discomfort.
- Cost or access to screening test.
- Their health care provider did not recommend it.
Talk to your doctor about getting a screening colonoscopy today.
Speciality Claim Representative
Source: Colon Cancer Alliance www.ccalliance.org